Friday, April 19, 2013

Photos For Our Last Post

For some reason, the photos from our Easter gathering did not publish, so here is a repeat of that post.

With Easter just around the corner, we decided to try a new and easy method to make wet felted wool balls using a plastic Easter egg container.

First you fluff out two small portions of wool roving and then lay one fluffed fibre bundle over the other at a 90 degree angle.


Roll this fibre bundle into a loose ball and place it into a plastic Easter egg.

Add some hot tap water and a small amount of soap.  We used a bar of olive oil soap.  Close the plastic easter egg container and shake it like crazy.  You will soon notice the wool fibres begin to felt up and form a ball.  You may need to pour out some water as the wool shrinks.  You should keep shaking the egg until the wool forms a firm ball.

You can start the felting process in the egg and then finish it by rolling the wool between your hands.

Shaking the egg to felt the wool can take a bit of time so during this process, we decided to entertain ourselves with a little song and dance.  Here is our version of the Hokey Pokey.

After a few rounds of the Hokey Pokey, some exercise in the form of dance and lots of laughs, we had some very colourful felted balls. 

These can be used to make jewellery, to add a pom pom fringe to a rug, or to string together to make a mobile.

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